CHANTONNAY Chondrite Meteorite French Historic Fall From 1812
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CHANTONNAY L6 Chondrite Meteorite French Historic Fall From 1812. Fell 5th August. 1.8g part slice. Provenance from John Schooler.
Info from the Meteorite Bulletin
|Basic information||Name: Chantonnay|
This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 1812
Mass: 31.5 kg
This is 1 of 12195 approved meteorites (plus 7 unapproved names) classified as L6. [show all]
|Comments:||Revised 3 Jan 2020: Added fall info and updated coords|
Writeup from MB online:
History (P.-M. Pelé, meteor-center.com): During the night of August 5, 1812, at 2 a.m., travelers and residents of Chantonnay observed a meteor, followed by a violent detonation. Around noon the same day, a sharecropper in the hamlet of Haute-Revétizon (today Les Revêtisons), located southwest of Chantonnay, discovered a meteorite in a field very close to his house. He kept his find for more than two years. In December 1814, Mr Cavoleau, an ecclesiastic and Vendean politician and historian, learned of the existence of this rock, which was said to have fallen from the sky, and he identifed it as a meteorite. Eager to acquire the entirety of the stone, he could only recover a third of the total mass, the rest having been already distributed by the finder to relatives and friends.
|References:||Never published in the Meteoritical Bulletin|
Note: the NHM and recommended coordinates are 164 km apart